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From Where the Palms Grow

Yailin Orta Rivera on December 29, 2017

Photo: Bill Hackwell

In this landscape, where slender palms grow, alongside intense colors that were never for sale, a human canvas was painted marked by the hopes of those who took up arms and worked hard: men-children with unkempt beards and hair falling onto their rebellious shoulders, young women made powerful by their strong souls and pride

This is a landscape that gives life, a sublime place where a dream was reborn and became that of millions.

In this landscape, where slender palms grow, alongside intense colors that were never for sale, a human canvas was painted marked by the hopes of those who took up arms and worked hard: men-children with unkempt beards and hair falling onto their rebellious shoulders, young women made powerful by their strong souls and fierce pride.

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Fidel Castro at Earth Summit

By Fidel Castro on June 24, 1992

Photo: Bill Hackwell

As we head into 2018 Fidel’s prophetic short speech at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro over 25 years ago is a good reminder of the global march of capitalism towards making the Earth uninhabitable, threatening all of humanity including the rich themselves. – editorial

Tomorrow will be too late

[The following is the complete text of Cuban President Fidel Castro’s speech at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro on June 12. The text comes from Radio Havana via Pegasus.]

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2018: A Toast for Those Who Struggle and Resist

Dear Compañeros

Photo: Bill Hackwell

Dear Compañeros

2017 has been an extremely difficult year for our peoples fighting for a better world. We have seen how social protest has been criminalized, with many imprisoned and murdered. The big media has taken away the possibility of opinion beyond what’s “official”, exemplified by the murders of journalists in Mexico which is the highest in recent years.

The attempts of imperialism to devour our economies, impose puppet governments, destroy the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, intensify the criminal blockade against Cuba that grinds on daily and includes a huge setback in the incipient relations with the US with the clear objective of annihilating the Cuban Revolution.

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US Reinvents Attacks on its Diplomats Stationed in Cuba

By Fernando Ravsberg on December 14, 2017

It is ironic that the U.S. has accused Cuba of using sound as a weapon when they are the ones who have amassed an arsenal of sound techniques to terrorize an enemy. Protestors against war and civil injustice for several years now have faced police forces that have employed Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) that produce earsplitting, debilitating sounds. In Diaries of Baghdad, a book about the first Gulf War, Nuha al-Radi describes sound attacks on the people of Iraq.

“After the war was over, the allies spent all day and all night flying over our heads breaking the sound barrier. Just like in Panama when they attacked Noriega with music while he was locked in the Vatican embassy. For fifteen days, Bush deafened the poor ambassador of the Vatican and Noriega with heavy rock. Our torture lasted for months -20 or 30 times, day or night… “

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It Has Been Demonstrated that Cuba and the US Can Build a New Kind of Relationship

By Josefina Vidal on December 17, 2017

I thank again the Center for International Policy Research (CIPI), its US Team and Dr. Soraya Castro Mariño, for organizing this magnificent annual event on Cuba-US relations, the most important that takes place in our country on this subject and for the invitation extended to me to close it, which I am honored to do before such a select audience of the most important American and Cuban experts in the field.

During the four weeks that followed the completion of this Workshop, in December 2016, we were involved in intense work with the previous US Government, which allowed us to complete in that brief period, 10 new agreements in areas of common interest, some of particular relevance to bilateral relations, such as the Joint Declaration on migration issues and the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in law enforcement

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